Found March 26, 2013 on Fox Soccer:
England skipper Steven Gerrard will be happy to let his feet do the talking in Podgorica tonight. Gerrard was amused to discover Montenegro coach Branko Brnovic had let fly with a few verbal volleys by the time he landed in Podgorica yesterday. The midfielder believes it is a sign of weakness on the hosts' part that they want to engage in such mind games. As part of a side likely to show up to six changes from the team that destroyed San Marino on Friday , Gerrard is feeling bullish. And rather than attack Montenegro, he was happy to observe their statements at arm's length. "Talking doesn't win you football matches," he said. "I'm not really too interested in what they've got to say in their press conference. Or in ours, to be honest. "I'm more interested in how the lads play in training and tomorrow when the first whistle goes. "It just shows we've got them exactly where we want them." The situation is not quite th...

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